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Volume 27, Number 10—October 2021

Distribution and Characteristics of Human Plague Cases and Yersinia pestis Isolates from 4 Marmota Plague Foci, China, 1950–2019

Zhaokai He1, Baiqing Wei1, Yujiang Zhang1, Jun Liu1, Jinxiao Xi1, Dunzhu Ciren1, Teng Qi1, Junrong Liang, Ran Duan, Shuai Qin, Dongyue Lv, Yuhuang Chen, Meng Xiao, Rong Fan, Zhizhong Song, Huaiqi Jing, and Xin WangComments to Author 
Author affiliations: National Institute for Communicable Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, China (Z. He, J. Liang, R. Duan, S. Qin, D. Lv, M. Xiao, R. Fan, H. Jing, X. Wang); Qinghai Institute for Endemic Disease Control and Prevention, Xining, China (B. Wei); Center for Disease Control and Prevention of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Urumqi, China (Y. Zhang); Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Comprehensive Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Hohhot, China (J. Liu); Gansu Provincial Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Lanzhou, China (J. Xi); Center for Disease Control and Prevention of Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa, China (D. Ciren); Sichuan Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Chengdu, China (T. Qi); Shenzhen Nanshan Maternity and Child Healthcare Hospital, Shenzhen, China (Y. Chen); Yunnan Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Kunming, China (Z. Song)

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Table 2

Case-fatality rates for pneumonic and other types of plague, by Marmota plague focus, China, 1950–2019*

Focus Pneumonic plague Other plague types† Total
Marmota himalayana 75.03 (544/725) 54.63 (177/324) 68.73 (721/1,049)
Marmota baibacina–Spermophilus undulatus§ 78.57 (11/14) 75.00 (3/4) 77.78 (14/18)
Marmota caudata 0 0 0
Marmota sibirica#
Total case-fatality rate 75.10 (555/739) 54.88 (180/328) 68.88 (735/1,067)

*Data are reported as case-fatality rate% (no. deaths/no. cases). †Including bubonic, septicemic, and other types. ‡Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. §Tianshan Mountains. ¶Pamirs Plateau. #Hulun Buir Plateau of Inner Mongolia.

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1These authors contributed equally to this article.

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